In 1909 strange craft were reported in the skies over
Massachusetts. These craft reportedly had powerful searchlights that lit up the
ground as they passed overhead. By December of that year a wave of such
sightings flooded in from across the New England States (22).
Then on the night of 30th August 1910 above New York
City a long black cigar shaped object flew in low over Madison Square in full
view of hundreds of people. According to the New York Tribune the object
had red and green lights and made airplane engine noises. It circled once round
the park then flew away. The following night it returned for a repeat
Could this mystery object have been a plane? In 1910 there were
only thirty-six licensed pilots in the whole of the United States and following
a check by newsmen all planes were accounted for – only one was in the area. It
was on Long Island and only had a range of 25 miles. The origin of the craft
above New York has never been explained.
Other events have been similarly unaccounted for. One of the
most famous of these took place at Edwards Air Force Base; the home of the Air
Force Flight Test Center where for more than 50 years it has been at the leading
edge of developments in the aerospace world.
From America’s first jet airplane
to the landings of the Space Shuttle, Edwards AFB has
seen more major milestones in flight than any other place on Earth mainly due to
its ideal location. (Excellent all-year flying weather, relative isolation,
varied topography as well as the vast expanse of Rogers Dry lake.) Then on the night of 7th
October 1965 Edwards become famous for another milestone, apparent contact with
unidentified objects not from this Earth. A transcript of part
of the the event follows:
Clark: Hello, this is
Captain Clark, Alpha Lima.
Reed: Okay, Captain Clark. Lt.
Reed: We have some confirmed reports
of some unidentified flying objects in your area.
Reed: Approximately six or more from
Edwards just south of Victorville. They are moving slowly and climbing slowly.
They’re red, white and green flashing lights.
Reed: And they have been confirmed on radar. We can’t
establish what these things are.
Observations of the objects continued with the following
conversations being recorded:
Voice 1: Three more of them. Well
south and dim.
Voice 2: Okay.
Voice 1: I can still see a red
light occasionally out of one of them.
Voice 2: Where are they from? That big bright one.
Voice 1: Beneath him and just a
little bit south. And there’s three of them almost in a straight
Voice 2: Uh-ha.
Voice 1: I don’t like being the only
one who’s seeing these type of things. I still have a contact out
Voice 2: Oh you do? Visual?
Voice 1: Yes.
Voice 2: What are all these objects? Do they look the same
as the rest of them?
Voice 1: No, this one just appears
to be flashing, nothing red or green involved.
Voice 2: Oh I see. Could be something else.
Voice 1: Alright, I have Alpha Lima
in sight now.
Voice: Yeah, he says he’s got a contact twelve o’clock,
Voice: That’s it.
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